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I was reading a blog post the other day about chores you can assign to a 6-7 year old and I decided to share the chores that our 6 year old has been doing around to help out.

1) Pick out his clothes and put away the dirty clothes in the laundry

2) Put away his and his sister’s dishes in the sink

3) Brush his teeth and comb his hair

4) Pick up toys and put them away in their proper places

5) Prepare simple breakfast like making a sandwich or pouring his own cereal

6) Wiping down the tables

7) Feeding the fish

8) Organizing the shoes

9) Replacing the paper towel and tissue paper rolls

10) Read his sister a book before bed 

What does your 6 year old do to help out at home? 

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You have an out of town guest that you get to play LA Tour Guide with? What do you do? Don’t panic! Touring friends and family doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. With a little planning, it can be an exciting experience for you both.

Here are a couple of tips to give them the best LA TOUR ever!

The first thing to remember is to ask your guest what they want to do. Some people like to walk, some people want to stay in the car. You don’t want to plan a trip that your guest will not want to do.

Secondly, try to localize your trip. You can stay in the same vicinity and see several points of interest. This way, you won’t feel rushed into driving all over town.

Third, don’t forget charge you camera. You want them to remember the best time they’ve had with you. Besides, disposal cameras and batteries are expensive in tourist spots

And finally, bring water and snacks. Being a tourist can be exhausting and dehydrating. You want to make sure you’re prepared for the long day of walking and and driving.

I’ve included 3 Local Areas you can take your guest to enjoy a day in Los Angeles.

HOLLYWOOD
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Take them to the Kodak Theater, Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe it or not, and the Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Photograph the famous Hollywood sign from Hollywood and Highland.

Eat at Roscoes Chicken and Waffles

BEVERLY HILLS
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Rodeo Drive is a common tourist spot. Check the Greystone Mansion if they are open for admission. And the Grove is always a fun place to shop and hang out.

While you’re in the neighborhood, grab a bite at Pink’s Hotdog. For dessert, you can go the Sprinkles for a cupcake or two.

Also, here are more attractions available through the Beverly Hills Website.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
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Take pictures of the amazing structures and skyscrapers in Downtown LA. You can also Visit the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo or MOCA on Grand Avenue. Olvera Street is a great place filled with history and culture.

Experience shopping at great discounts at the Garment District.

Food is always good in Chinatown. There is a wide array of restaurants available. Some local favorites include The Mayflower, Phillippes and Won Kok. For Dimsum, try the Empress Pavillion.

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In addition, a great way to be a good Tour Guide is to:

1) Check for FREE Museums. You can follow a link here for a listing.

2) Try shopping at Farmers Markets that sell fresh produce and unique crafts. Here’s a link to CALIFORNIA FARMERS MARKETS for Local listings.

3) Look into Craft shows as well, they are always fun and will provide an unforgettable experience! Check out Festival NET for an extensive list for available events.

4) Consider the Fads. For example, right now, Food trucks in Los Angeles are all the rave… so might as well treat your guest to this eating experience. Find LA Food Trucks has tweets from food trucks all over LA so you know where to find them.

5) Use Yelp to find other local restaurants, shops and points of interest. Yelpers are kind enough to review the best and the worst. Check out YELP now!

6) Check out local publications like LA WEEKLY for events and happenings in the area.

7) Visit City Websites to find out whats going on. You might be surprised with some events that you’ll find.

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Sometimes, we get stumped on what to give children for Birthdays. Or sometimes we always get caught up buying the same thing over and over again. The following is a list of other kinds of presents to consider when buying presents depending on the season of the celebrant’s birthday.

Winter:
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Then There’s This

Gloves
Scarf
Winter Hat
Sweater
Ear Muffs

Spring:
bug kit
Jawilder

Bug Kit
Butterfly Kit
Gardening Toys
Umbrella and Raincoat

Summer:
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Yikes Twins

Swimwear and Towels
Water Toys
Beach Toys
Sandals and Sunglasses

Fall:
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Embroidery Island

Backpack
Lunchbox
School Supplies
Personalized Items

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De Stress Your Mornings

DE STRESS your mornings
Having one Kindergartener and one 3 year old can make mornings a little hectic. Hectic is okay, stressful, not too much. The following tips have been extremely helpful to make my mornings run a lot smoother. Hope you can find them useful as well.
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1. Shower at night- Showers can take a while, and it has a tendency to cause delay in the morning especially if sharing the bathroom.

2. Layout clothes the night before- This lessens the mess and tossing of clothes everywhere in search of that one matching pair of socks.

3. Check the bags/backpacks at night- Look at your child’s bag to see if they have any notes from school you may have missed.

4. Make sure your cell phone is charged- Nothing can start off a stressful day than missed calls from people you needed to talk to because your phone was dead.

5. Make Portable breakfast (sandwiches, cereal with milk in cups, dry cereal in bags, breakfast bars, etc) Have a couple of options open for picky eaters.

6. Have a Calendar to write down important events- Jot down all school, work and family events to avoid any conflicts in schedule and commitments.

7. Have a pen and notepad close to the door- A dry erase board can work the same way. Useful for posting a quick note to yourself or to another person in the house.

8. Sleep earlier, wake up earlier- A well rested body is more ready to tackle a busy day. Waking up earlier can give you time to relax and put your thoughts together for the day.

9. Have a TO-GO station in the morning- This is where your bags, lunch boxes, folders, mail, etc you have to carry out of the house are located.

10. Have a couple of bags ready by the door- Just in case for those last minute items you didn’t plan on but need to gather and bring with you on your way out.

11. Have spare clothes/ toiletries/ shoes/ water in the trunk of your car- No need to stress about a stained shirt or a thirsty child right when you get to the car.

12. Settle for efficient, not perfect- Don’t expect everything to go perfect all the time. Know your priorities and do them well.

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Toddlers are often difficult to convince to do anything that’s good for them. And brushing their teeth is just as hard.

Here are a few tricks you can use to encourage your little one to enjoy her toothbrushing experience.

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1. Make it a routine- Do it as a part of your getting ready in the morning or going to bed routine.

2. Do it as a family- Brush your teeth together to show her you enjoy brushing your teeth.

3. Get a fun toothbrush and cup- You can pick one in her favorite characters to always grab her attention

4. Make up a toothbrushing song- Everything’s more fun when you put it in a song.

5. Use a second toothbrush- Give your toddler a toothbrush while you brush her teeth with the other one. —This is my favorite trick of them all

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Naps….yes pls!

Naptime…

Adults want them, but can’t because we have to work or life is just too darn busy.

Kids on the other hand get offered naps all the time, but refuse to take them.

For the life of them, do they really think that they’ll be missing out on some amazing event as soon as they close their eyes…. I have yet to understand the complexities of a child’s mind.

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As time goes by, realizing how hectic life is, the more we realize children need naps. We’ve learned that our children get grumpy, unreasonable, hard headed and stubborn when they’re sleepy. And that’s not just an excuse!

When they get tired, they need to nap or else they’ll keep having these outbursts… that then leads to tantrums! And we don’t want that!

So I’d rather them fight me to take a nap, but eventually take them rather than them continually breaking down and driving me nuts whole time, right!

Then again, I can always ask for reinforcements (i mean the hubby) to watch the kids while I NAP in the bedroom! Hahah!

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Rewards With NO Kids vs Rewards With Kids

With NO Kids: Shopping Spree @ the Mall
With Kids: Online Shopping while kids are asleep

With NO Kids: Hanging out with girlfriends
With Kids: Facebooking girlfriends while kids are asleep

With NO Kids: Enjoying a Yummy Frappuccino
With Kids: Enjoying a Caffeine-free Frap just in case the kiddies want a sip

With NO Kids: Staying up late to watch your favorite show
With Kids: Getting to bed as early as possible

With NO Kids: Going out to watch a movie
With Kids: Watching DVDs at home so you can pause and rewind to your hearts content

With NO Kids: Long hot baths
With Kids: Having clean kids after a nice warm bath

With NO Kids: Rondevous with the hubby
With Kids: Family fun Days

With NO Kids: Fancy Dinner Out
With Kids: Warm home-cooked meals

With NO Kids: Getting pampered after a long day of work
With Kids: Coming to smiling faces after a long day of work

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